I will start off with a disclaimer first
I am not looking for business nor will I ever reveal the name of this shop in which I work. Also, if this post is in the wrong spot please let me know
Story time first! After I lost my lovely desk job in May of 2008 I sat around useless for 2 months. I opened an Etsy and that is a super blast but I was looking for more. As luck would have it one of my lady friends that I used to work with at JoAnn's owns a tiny alterations shop. She asked me if I would like to apprentice with her so that I could manage the shop for her when she expanded her shop to North Scottsdale where the money is. I said "Heck yes!" in a flash.
I have since filled up at least two whole notebooks of tricks and shortcuts and you name it about anything and everything having to do with sewing and altering. I AM IN LOVE!
Here is the one teeeeny catch. The shop is sorely in need of tidying... that's putting it nicely. She wants to use the front of the store to have teachers come in and use the space for sewing lessons. NUTS! Till now the shop has only housed her; a little tiny lady from the Philippines who worked in sweatshops as a small girl. The whole shop is not up to code. Fortunately I have a lovely degree in Interior Design where I studied all the things necessary to help her shape up this shop but boy am I in for a haul!
I am hoping that by sharing my journey with you I can do a few things; obvioulsy I want to share my journey with you and post as a finish something new but to encourage you to take a chance and take on a big project sometime. I'll even share some of my projects so you can learn my stuff too!
On to some pics!
This is a side view of the front desk at the shop. On the left of the picture is where the front door is. There is a charter school next door and the kids come in for lunch, hence the fridge
This is the space right by the front door that she wants to use for class space. We have moved out a lot of this stuff already in just a few weeks! I'll get some new pics of this space soon. The windows are south facing and she has nasty window treatments to combat the heat.
This is right behind the shelving of the front desk. The curtained area is the changing room. I have already moved that light colored desk to the workspace since she took the one that is in the pics to her new shop. The long rack there is my work week of alterations.
This is the actual workspace. It's really functional though it might look a but messy. We have two hemmers, an industrial serger, two small sergers and two industrial sewing machines. We also have one that is set up just for button holes and zig-zag. I'll post details of these specific areas later
This is the back door. Anyone see a problem here? Her cabinets here block the back door so that a wheelchair can't get out in an emergency. Again, this hasn't been a problem for her but if we are going to invite people in we must make it safe for everyone
This is one of my priority spots!
This next photo is disturbing to me so bear with me...
This is the bathroom.... breath slowly. I have already started here since I deemed this spot the worst. That is literally how much the door could open. She had a shelf behind the door so it couldn't open the whole way. She stored the soda in the bathroom yikes! and there was carpet in there underneath an unglued sheet of vinyl. Breath slowly. So many health issues with this bathroom. I ripped up all that nasty flooring yesterday. I found black mold which I half expected. There will be NO MORE soda/potty storage on my watch!
I'll take some new pics tomorrow and post so you can see what I have done so far. I am pretty proud of the tiny progress I have made in that bathroom.
Ok, now you can talk